Santorini Mozambique Mozambique
Villa Santorini Sociedade Unipessoal, Bairro 19 de Outubro,
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Heidi Rabbetts, General Manager – Heidi grew up in Sussex, England but has been living in Africa for 8 years . She started her first job in a coffee shop at age 15 and she fell in love with hospitality, service and working with people. She loves to travel and experience new cultures especially the food. She worked in a country hotel in the UK before moving to Madikwe South Africa at a Safari Lodge. Heidi moved with Wynand to Johannesburg to manage a 5* Boutique Hotel but the beach was calling and they’ve been living happily in Mozambique for the past 3 years.
Wynand Van Der Watt, General Manager Wynand is from PE, South Africa, Wynand grew up in a large family with lots of sisters. He always had a passion for cooking and great entrepreneurial skills, combing the two by baking muffins and selling them for extra pocket money in the school holidays. He spent two years working and travelling around the UK and this is where he first stepped into the kitchen as a chef. After a lengthy cheffing career Wynand decided to move out of the kitchen when he and Heidi moved to Mozambique.
5 star luxury boutique hotel and villas.
History & Story
Located above the red cliffs of Kingfisher Bay, just north of Vilanculos, Santorini sits proudly like a small Greek village a top the raw African landscape. This precipitous outlook has a panoramic view over the Bazaruto Archipelago of white sand islands; from here guests can sit and enjoy the endlessly changing aquatic hues.
Once inside the spacious white-washed villa attention to detail and personal touches exceed expectation throughout. There is nothing that hasn’t been lovingly considered here; from the stunning Cycladic-style villa design through the glorious decor (hand-carved doors from Bali, antiques from Indonesia and Greek-inspired furnishings) and from the lush landscaped gardens set with olive trees and bougainvillea to the delicious food harvested from the villa’s own garden and surrounding ocean.
Santorini offers a range of accommodation options appealing to couples, friends and families alike comprising 3 main elements – The Main Villa being a suite of 5 separate suites each named after one of the archipelago islands and The Chapel and Villa da Praia being stand-alone exclusive use properties each coming complete with personal host and chef.
Santorini’s personalised and polished approach offers guests an unforgettable programme of experiences ensuring guests of all ages can do as much – or as little – as they wish during their stay. Guests can make the most of the magical waters by chartering Santorini’s own motorized super cat Aphrodite, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, taking dhow trips, bill fishing and kite surfing and scuba diving from nearby Vilanculos. Alternatively, the stunning views can be appreciated by air or land with scenic helicopter flights and horse riding all readily available. Or, for a complete recharge, guests can visit the newly opened Spa Na Colina tucked away on a hill amongst palm trees and lush vegetation. Here therapists will work their magic using products created from the local marine world.
The hotel undergoes constant development and improvement by the owners who visit regularly. The interior desgin has been done by them.
Date added extensions
The Chapel opened in September 2016 with the second bedroom being built in July 2017 & the Villa Da Praia completed at the end of 2017.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Santorini’s position on the coastal mainland offers the best of both worlds combining easy and affordable access via Vilanculos airport (with regular flights from South Africa) with convenient proximity to the much-coveted white sandy beaches and glistening turquoise waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago. As one of the largest marine reserves in the Indian Ocean, the archipelago offers some of the best scuba-diving and snorkeling in the world with a captive cast of over 2000 species of fish, as well as dolphins, whales, turtles, sharks and the largest population of Dugong in Mozambique.
Santorini Mozambique is located 20 minutes north of the Coastal town of Vilanculos. Vilanculos is well known as the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago and was one of Mozambiques first well known tourist destinations. With regular flights from South Africa and now improved road access, Vilanculos is fast becoming a popular destination with tourists and travellers alike.
The town itself is only about 5km long, filled with all the amenities needed to make your visit comfortable yet local. The airport is based on the outside of the town with flights arriving and departing on a daily basis.
Key sites/activities in the area
Boat charter, deep sea fishing and bill fishing, scuba diving, dhow safaris, kite surfing, horse safaris, scenic helicopter flights,
Kids simply love Santorini and it’s easy to see why – with an abundance of activities, deliciously presented meals and the friendly Santorini family to assist, the choices to fill the days are endless. Exclusive Villa da Praia is a perfect option for bigger families whilst The Chapel caters perfectly to smaller families. In the main villa, Bazaruto and Benguerra Suites are a lovely option too on the lower level where the entire family will have complete privacy. Santorini is fogged monthly and there are mosquito nets on every bed. Child minding and cots are available on request.
• 3 villas
Main villa with 5 individual suites.
The Chapel – Private villa with 2 suites
Villa da Praia – Private villa with 3 suites
• All sea facing suites with private patios.
• Guest toilet with double vanity unit.
• Charlotte Rhys amenities.
• Airconditioning in TV lounge and suites.
• Lounge with sitting area and bar.
• Library book shelf.
• Guest kitchen with coffee machine, refreshments and snacks.
• Numerous indoor and outdoor dining areas.
• TV lounge with flat screen TV, DSTV and DVD player with disc selection.
• Courtyard with rim-flow swimming pool, loungers, outdoor shower, garden and dining area with pizza oven and bbq. In the main villa
• Patio with rim-flow swimming pool, sitting area and daybeds.
• Sunset sala with barazza seating and outdoor bar. In the main villa
• Path and wooden stairway down to the beach with outdoor shower.
• Thatch umbrellas and beach beanbags on the beach.
• The Chapel and Villa de Praia are the private villas that are a short walk away form the main villas
• Gift Shop.
• Complimentary Wifi.
Restaurants & Bars
• Spa Na Colina
There is a spa at Santorini with a full time therapist offering a range of treatment
There is one main swimming pool and an infinity pool in the main villa.
Both The Chapel and Villa da Praia also have infinity pools.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Extra Notable Features
Guests can go horse riding and diving in Vilanculos which is a 20 minute drive away.
For guests staying more than 3 nights they will receive a complementary island & snorkelling excursion and a town tour of Vilanculos where they can experience local life.
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